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Polivka to Redfern: 'Take your best shot, I'm not going anywhere.'

Published: Tue, July 29, 2014 @ 10:56 a.m.


Trumbull County Democratic Party Chairman Dan Polivka reaffirmed this morning the casting of secret ballots by the Trumbull Democratic Central Committee on Saturday.

The committee used secret ballots in the process that led to the choice of Mauro Cantalamessa as interim county commissioner, to replace Paul Heltzel, who recently died in office, for the rest of this year.

Cantalamessa, who was later affirmed in a public voice vote, will be the Democratic candidate on the Nov. 4 ballot to complete Heltzel’s term, which ends in January 2017.

State Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern said he’ll seek Polivka’s ouster as Trumbull party chairman if he won’t conduct a public re-vote because, he said, secret ballots violate the party’s state and national bylaws.

“The inherent right of a secret ballot and basic principles of American democracy, such as due process, can neither be denied nor abolished,” said Polivka, who is also a Trumbull County commisioner. “To Mr. Redfern, ‘Take your best shot. I’m not going anywhere,’” Polivka said in a news conference today.


1Roger_Thornhill(835 comments)posted 9 months ago

“The inherent right of a secret ballot and basic principles of American democracy, such as due process, can neither be denied nor abolished,” said Polivka


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2questionreality(482 comments)posted 9 months ago

Who can overestimate the progress of the world if all this hot air and the money wasted on politics was used to elevate, enlighten, and civilize mankind?

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3Miki(99 comments)posted 9 months ago

Did Mr. Polivka take an oath to follow the constitution of the USA and State of Ohio? I'm sure that he did when he became a commissioner. So this indicates that he only followers the laws/rules that he wants. See a problem with this? It's a Mahoning Valley thing that Columbus doesn't understand. Our elected officials do what they want.

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4redeye1(4952 comments)posted 9 months ago

Sounds like the typical attitude of the demoncratic politicians today. Laws and rules are for everyone else, but them. It's time to vote out these types now. I hope we can start with Timmy Ryan and all other demoncrats .

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5wolfrun1(100 comments)posted 9 months ago

Its now time ... Chris does his job and remove him as commissioner as well .... time "the good old boy club ends" .......

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